Archive for November, 2011
More funds normally means more aid and that is true especially for service-oriented organizations that provide people a solution to their problems. A small increase in their funding could mean the purchasing of more advanced technology to be used in giving people quality service.
Now, with the grants offered by Impact Oklahoma, a women’s organization servicing the community by donating funds to charitable organizations, three service organizations in Oklahoma will be receiving grants. These Oklahoma residents will be able to receive more efficient service in the medical sector, food provisions, and programs for the homeless.
Impact Oklahoma will be funding three selected organizations with up to $100,000 this week. NewView Oklahoma has received a $100,000 check grant, City Rescue Mission $100,000, and Homeless Alliance $79,500.
NewView Oklahoma will use the money to build a clinic that will cater to Oklahomans who have poor to no vision. There will be around 1,500 patients served annually. With the funds provided by Impact Oklahoma, NewView Oklahoma will be able to include services that will ensure their patients can be independent despite their loss of vision.
For City Rescue Mission, the money received will be used to create a food pantry for low-income families. The proposed pantry is expected to serve more than 12,000 per year. Lastly, Homeless Alliance will use their new funds to enhance their support for homeless families in Oklahoma through various programs. They expect to help 200 families in the next two years.
This coming Saturday will be a great day for some holiday shopping for all Oklahomans as the city will be hosting the 25th annual Fall Peace Festival at the Civic Center Hall of Mirrors, 201 N. Walker. Joining the festival with be a plethora of vendors and social justice groups, ready to assist their potential buyers in whatever they might need.
The 25th annual Fall Peace Festival will start from 10 in the morning and last until 4 in the afternoon. No need to bring extra money for admission as entrance is free. Those who love crafts will definitely enjoy this special day of shopping celebrations.
Throughout the duration of the event, there will be more than 50 tables in the area with various product and services being offered. Some of the craft vendors will sell different handicrafts from jewelries, clothing, and decorative displays for the holidays. Surely it will be a nice way to start shopping for holiday decorations and gifts.
Aside from the craft tables, there will also be food items offered. The Oklahoma Vegetarian Society will be selling various homemade food items as well as providing recipes for a plant-based diet to interested customers. There will also be fair trade goods offered like coffee, carving, fabrics, clothing items, and pottery.
But, of course, no event would be complete without live entertainment. According to Conna Wilkinson, the Director of the Peace Education Institute, there will be local musicians that will provide the live entertainment as well as a children’s activity room, managed by adults, for the little ones.
Is your refrigerator starting to smell bad? Are you hesitant in opening your refrigerator door, especially around visitors, in fear that they might be appalled by the horrible smell? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then it is time to clean out your refrigerator immediately!
Whenever your refrigerator stores something that smells bad, the tendency is to comment on it but do nothing. Each time you open the door, it stinks.
So, schedule a refrigerator cleaning session as soon as possible and keep in mind these tips to ensure that no odor remains inside your fridge.
Before you try to clean out your refrigerator, unplug the device first. Then, remove all contents inside the refrigerator. After that, you can remove the interior parts of your fridge so that you can thoroughly clean through all areas.
There are several solutions that you can use to help take away the odor. One is the baking soda solution consisting of two tablespoons baking soda and warm water. Clean the inside of your fridge by using the solution and rinse, wipe dry, and let it sit for several hours. You can also try the vinegar solution, which is 1 cup vinegar and a gallon of water or the chlorine bleach solution, ½ cup chlorine bleach, and a gallon of water. Similarly, clean your refrigerator with these solutions and rinse well. Wipe dry and let it stand for several hours.
While you are airing out your refrigerator, clean out the interior parts that you previously had taken out. You can use a regular liquid detergent and warm water. Rinse and wipe them dry.
If all of the interior parts of your refrigerator are all cleaned up, install them again inside your fridge so you can place your foods back in their cool, cozy haven. Make sure you dispose of any expired food ingredients as these can bring back bad odor.
In case your refrigerator still smells, place some baking soda on a bowl or a small plate and leave it in your refrigerator for several days. Regularly smell your refrigerator and if the odor is gone, you can dispose of the baking soda. You can also use fresh ground coffee or activated charcoal as these ingredients also effectively absorb odor.
When you walk around outside, it is easy to spot dirty areas like community trash bins, dirty sidewalks, and rusty old vehicles, just to name a few. You may feel cleaner and safer from germ by staying indoors. However, walking into your house does not guarantee that you and your family are free from germs.
You may not know it, but there are many areas inside the house that are far dirtier than you would realize. These areas, if not cleaned regularly, may generate germs and other microorganisms that can pass diseases onto you when you come into contact with them. It is best then to clean these areas regularly, so here are some high-germ areas to be extra aware of…
- Toilet – It is no wonder that the toilet bowl is one of the dirtiest places in your home, and though you may flush it after every use, germs still collect, especially around the bowl and under the toilet seat. To prevent excessive buildup, clean your toilet regularly with a reliable liquid toilet bowl cleaner. Spread the liquid cleaner around your toilet, being sure to reach the narrowest sides of bowl and under your toilet seat, and let it stand for several minutes. Then, scrub it clean and spray it with a disinfectant.
- Bathtub – You might think twice in going inside your bath tub after knowing that it is in the list but there is still hope. The tub is considered dirty because the germs that goes out of your body when you take a bath, stays in the bath. But, you can rid of the germs in this area. First, rinse the entire tub with your shower so any visible residue will go down the pipe. Using a bathroom cleaner, spray the tub generously and let it stay for several minutes. Use hand gloves and start scrubbing with a sponge or a scrub brush. Do not forget to clean the bottom.
- Sink –No matter where they may belong, all sinks in your home are dirty, especially in the kitchen. Your kitchen sink is where you clean foot off your plates, and that results in a breeding ground of germs. If you sink is not cleaned thoroughly and regularly, those germs spread to your hands, which then touch a million other things, spreading the germs to them as well. To stop the fast and easy invasion of bacteria, clean your sink using a bleach solution. Let the cleaner go down into the drain too, so it can kill the germs that live further down. After the cleaner sets, scrub the sink with a clean sponge and warm water.
- Wet Laundry – Anything moist can lead to mold and bacteria formation, and that includes your laundry. A quick remedy is to not let wet clothes stay in your hamper for several days and to remember to transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer immediately after a cycle completes.
- Kitchen and Bathroom Floors – These are high-traffic areas and, if possible, it is a good idea to mop them every day with a floor cleaner and warm water.
- Pet Food Dishes – Clean them often as you would clean a used plate. They reside on the floor, which means they are not only exposed to bacteria already residing in your house, but also to everything that is on the bottom of your shoes as you walk by.
- Telephone – As we talk more on the phone, more germs build up. Wipe your phone with alcohol at the end of each day to avoid having it become a breeding ground for germs.
- Doorknobs and Handles – These are the first things we touch when we come inside, so anything that we touched while we were outside is going to be on them.